The Bay Area Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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San Pablo Avenue

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Berkeley's diversity is front and center along this evolving north–south artery in West Berkeley, where the old and new stand side...

Sausalito Visitors Center and Historical Exhibit

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The local historical society operates the center, where you can get your bearings, learn some history, and find out what's happening...

Stanford University

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Well-heeled Palo Alto and its intellectual neighbor, Stanford University, are about 35 miles south of San Francisco. Stanford's gorgeous...

Stinson Beach

  • Beach–Sight

When the fog hasn't rolled in, this expansive stretch of sand is about as close as you can get in Marin to the stereotypical feel of...

Tech Museum of Innovation

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At this hands-on, high-tech science museum for kids, they can grow jellyfish DNA, attempt to steer themselves in a vehicle like ones...

Telegraph Avenue

  • Neighborhood/Street

Cafés, bookstores, poster shops, and street vendors line Berkeley's student-oriented thoroughfare, a bustling, if shabby, place to whiff...


  • Neighborhood/Street

Centering on Telegraph Avenue between Piedmont and South Berkeley, Temescal ("sweat house" in the language of the Aztec) is a low-pretension...

Tilden Regional Park

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The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is the star of this 2,000-acre park in the hills east of the U.C. Berkeley campus. Botanically speaking,...

University of California

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Known simply as "Cal," the founding campus of California's university system is one of the leading intellectual centers in the United...


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This is where nightlife and cutting-edge art happens in Oakland, along the formerly gritty, currently crazy-cool Telegraph Avenue/Broadway...


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